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[1/10] Bristol Cathedral
[2/10] St. Mary's Redcliffe
[3/10] Colston Hall
[4/10] Clifton Cathedral
[5/10] All Saints', Clifton
[6/10] St. Monica Home of Rest
[7/10] The Lord Mayor's Chapel
[8/10] Redland Park United Reformed Church
[9/10] Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church
[10/10] Wells Cathedral
[1/10] Bristol Cathedral This early perpendicular church is best known for its fine rood-screen rather than the quality of its organ.  This tracker instrument is placed on the right hand side of the chancel  behind a screen. Although of  fairly orthodox design, the pipes are attractively decorated.    No one seems to know who built it but a plate on above the integrated console states that it was rebuilt by J.G.Haskins & Co of Bristol (there is no date).  However  it seems likely that the organ dates back to the end of the 19th Century. It apparently is in need of some attention. Read the Full Story
[2/10] St. Mary's Redcliffe The two manual organ in this splendid Church dating from Medieval times was built by Vowles of Bristol, and it was inaugurated in November 1870.  Although originally placed in the East end of the Church, in 1892 it was moved to its present position in a high gallery on the left hand side of the Chancel.  The organ itself is embraced by an ornate wooden case and the console is tucked away behind the instrument overlooking the choir.  Ranks of diapason pipes are arrayed on three sides. Read the Full Story
[3/10] Colston Hall The casework incorporates parts of the case which used to house the Choir Organ, added by Seede at the end of the 18th century. It was bracketed out behind the organist's seat when the organ was on the screen across the choir. It was known as a 'chair-organ' because the organist had to turn round on his seat to play the organ behind him. Read the Full Story
[4/10] Clifton Cathedral The casework incorporates parts of the case which used to house the Choir Organ, added by Seede at the end of the 18th century. It was bracketed out behind the organist's seat when the organ was on the screen across the choir. It was known as a 'chair-organ' because the organist had to turn round on his seat to play the organ behind him. In the reconstruction of the 19th century it was given away and used as a bookcase in a gentleman's library in County Durham. Read the Full Story
[5/10] All Saints', Clifton The two manual organ in this splendid Church dating from Medieval times was built by Vowles of Bristol, and it was inaugurated in November 1870.  Although originally placed in the East end of the Church, in 1892 it was moved to its present position in a high gallery on the left hand side of the Chancel.  The organ itself is embraced by an ornate wooden case and the console is tucked away behind the instrument overlooking the choir.  Ranks of diapason pipes are arrayed on three sides. Read the Full Story
[6/10] St. Monica Home of Rest The two manual organ in this splendid Church dating from Medieval times was built by Vowles of Bristol, and it was inaugurated in November 1870.  Although originally placed in the East end of the Church, in 1892 it was moved to its present position in a high gallery on the left hand side of the Chancel.  The organ itself is embraced by an ornate wooden case and the console is tucked away behind the instrument overlooking the choir.  Ranks of diapason pipes are arrayed on three sides. Read the Full Story
[7/10] The Lord Mayor's Chapel This early perpendicular church is best known for its fine rood-screen rather than the quality of its organ.  This tracker instrument is placed on the right hand side of the chancel  behind a screen. Although of  fairly orthodox design, the pipes are attractively decorated.    No one seems to know who built it but a plate on above the integrated console states that it was rebuilt by J.G.Haskins & Co of Bristol (there is no date).  However  it seems likely that the organ dates back to the end of the 19th Century. It apparently is in need of some attention. Read the Full Story
[8/10] Redland Park United Reformed Church This early perpendicular church is best known for its fine rood-screen rather than the quality of its organ.  This tracker instrument is placed on the right hand side of the chancel  behind a screen. Although of  fairly orthodox design, the pipes are attractively decorated.    No one seems to know who built it but a plate on above the integrated console states that it was rebuilt by J.G.Haskins & Co of Bristol (there is no date).  However  it seems likely that the organ dates back to the end of the 19th Century. It apparently is in need of some attention. Read the Full Story
[9/10] Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church Text... Read the Full Story
[10/10] Wells Cathedral The casework incorporates parts of the case which used to house the Choir Organ, added by Seede at the end of the 18th century. It was bracketed out behind the organist's seat when the organ was on the screen across the choir. It was known as a 'chair-organ' because the organist had to turn round on his seat to play the organ behind him. Read the Full Story

Welcome message from the President

Malcolm Gibbs

Welcome to the website of the Bristol and District Organists Association.  We consist of professional and amateur musicians, Cathedral, church and chapel organists and those interested in the organ.  You do not have to be an organist or professional musician to be a member – all are very welcome.

We are a very active and friendly association - enthusiastic about the organ.  One of the great strengths of the association is the support given to young musicians and we currently have a good number of student members.  Membership is Free to students for the first year, and then it’s just 50% of the annual fee for them for as long as they are in full-time education.  We also have some funds available to help organ students for various aspects of their studies (short courses, Masterclasses, lectures, special tuition, etc).  We have had some exceptional students in recent years who have gone on to become organ scholars in some of England’s finest Cathedrals, and some now hold significant positions in the organ and choral world.

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